Faculty


The UW Master of Science in Computational Linguistics program features faculty and instructors who are leaders in the field, offering expertise in both teaching and research. In addition to courses taught by Department of Linguistics faculty, select courses are taught by guest instructors – typically industry professionals who hold doctorates in the discipline or in related fields.

  • Emily M. Bender

    Faculty Director, Master of Science in Computational Linguistics

    Professor, Department of Linguistics

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

    PhD, Stanford University

    Emily Bender joined the UW faculty in 2003 and has been the faculty director of the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics since the program's inception in 2005. Her primary research interests are in multilingual grammar engineering; the study of variation, both within and across languages; and the relationship between linguistics and computational linguistics. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. In 2009, she received the R1edu award for significant contributions to online and distance learning for her work in creating the online option for the UW master's in computational linguistics program.

    ebender@uw.edu | Campus Box: 352425 | Phone: 206-543-6914

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  • Fei Xia

    Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (UW Medical School)

    PhD, University of Pennsylvania

    Fei Xia came to the UW in 2005. Her research covers a wide range of natural language processing tasks, including morphological analysis, part-of-speech tagging, grammar extraction and grammar generation, treebank development, machine translation, information extraction and bio-NLP. Her work is supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation (including the prestigious NSF CAREER grant), IARPA, Microsoft and the UW. Before joining the UW faculty, Xia was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

    fxia@u.washington.edu | Campus Box: 352425 | Phone: 206-543-9764

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  • Gina-Anne Levow

    Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics

    PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Gina-Anne Levow joined the UW faculty in 2010 as an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics program. Her primary interest is spoken language processing, with a focus on the role of intonation in speech understanding. She has led National Science Foundation-funded projects investigating tone and intonation, multi-modal and multi-cultural interaction, and expression of stance and attitude in conversational speech. Prior to joining the UW, she served as a research fellow at the University of Manchester and on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. She also received an Office of Naval Research graduate fellowship.

    levow@u.washington.edu | Campus Box: 352425 | Phone: 206-616-5728

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  • Richard Wright

    Professor, Department of Linguistics

    PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

    Richard Wright joined the UW faculty in 1998 and is now director of the Phonetics Laboratory in the Department of Linguistics. Wright's primary interests are in quantifying the relationship between the systematic variation in the speech signal and higher-level linguistic structure such as discourse and intonation. He is also interested in applying this line of research to spoken language understanding. His language training includes English, French, Italian, Mandarin and Swahili. Wright's research at the UW has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation Information Technology Research for work on the Vocal Joystick; from the National Institutes of Health for work on speech perception under conditions of distortion; and from IBM for work on intonation.

    rawright@uw.edu | Campus Box: 352425 | Phone: 206 616-2426

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  • William Lewis

    Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

    PhD, University of Arizona

    Prior to coming to the UW, William Lewis was a member of the linguistics faculty at California State University, Fresno, where he worked on defining an ontology of linguistics. His other research has focused on how a language chooses its basic vocabulary and on the creation of a function that describes this process. His interests also include corpus linguistics, especially Web as corpus; computational linguistics; adult language processing; morphosyntax; and typology. In 2004, Lewis was awarded the Data-Driven Linguistic Ontology Development grant through the National Science Foundation. The previous year, he received a research award for his work on linguistically oriented text mining and also earned a cognitive science program development grant, both through CSU, Fresno.

    wlewis2@u.washington.edu | Campus Box: 352425 | Phone: 206-685-7978

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  • Michael Tjalve

    Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

    PhD, University College London

    MA, University of Copenhagen

    MA, Paris Diderot University

    Michael Tjalve began teaching at the UW in 2009. His primary interests are in speech technology, with a focus on automatic speech recognition. He's fluent in six languages and has hands-on experience with a few more. His research focuses on accent variation modeling and cross-language speech processing. Tjalve has been working in the speech technology community since 1999; his work has focused on the innovation and enhancement of speech technology and speech applications, with an emphasis on bringing research into the hands of end users. He also works on speech technology issues and innovation at Microsoft.

    mtjalve@u.washington.edu | Campus Box: 352425

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